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Verkhovna Rada approves introduction of martial law in Ukraine

276 people’s deputies voted for the decision
22:58, 26 November 2018

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at polygon in Zhytomyr region, November 21, 2018
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The Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law approving as a whole a presidential decree on the imposition of martial law in Ukraine. 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted the parliamentary session.

The bill and the presidential decree provide for the introduction of martial law for 60 days - from November 26 to January 25, but as a result of consultations they decided to limit the period of martial law to 30 days and appoint the presidential election for March 31, 2019 ( as it was before the imposition of martial law).

The President announced that martial law would be introduced in the following regions: Vinnytsia, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, as well as in the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch Strait.

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The document was presented by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov.

“As you know the period of martial law in our country was reduced from 60 to 30 days. The presidential decree instructs the military commanders of the executive and local authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure the defense, security of the population and the interests of the state, " Turchynov said.

Oleksandr Turchynov said that for the period of martial law in Ukraine, constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens may be restricted. He stressed that it is about the possibility of such restrictions, but not the mandatory application of such measures.

“In case of aggravation of conditions, escalation of the military situation, growing aggression of the Russian Federation, we must have such an instrument and such an opportunity during the martial law,” the Secretary of the National Defense Council said.

The law should be immediately made public through the media and will enter into force on the day of its publication published.

According to the explanatory note, state bodies are to put into effect a plan for the implementation and provision of Joint Forces Operation, ensuring the supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; the provision of services and their financing in amounts necessary in a special period.

The objects of the state system of civil protection are to be brought to full readiness; councils of defense and provision of assistance to the military command in the organization and implementation of measures of the legal martial law regime are to be created.

As it was reported, Viktor Muzhenko, the Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the entire course of events which lead to the escalation of the crisis in the Sea of Azov at the National Security and Defence Council session.

Earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

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